AS HEARD ON BBC RADIO 2 FACT NOT FICTION BOOKCLUB AND READ BY BILL NIGHY ON AUDIO ´I was hoping against hope that the penguin would survive because as of that instant he had a name, and with his name came the beginning of a bond which would last a life-time´ Tom Michell is in his roaring twenties: single, free-spirited and seeking adventure. He has a plane ticket to South America, a teaching position in a prestigious Argentine boarding school, and endless summer holidays. He even has a motorbike, Che Guevara style. What he doesn´t need is a pet. What he really doesn´t need is a pet penguin. Set against Argentina´s turbulent years following the collapse of the corrupt Perónist regime, this is the heart-warming story of Juan Salvador the penguin, rescued by Tom from an oil slick in Uruguay just days before a new term. When the bird refuses to leave Tom´s side, the young teacher has no choice but to smuggle it across the border, through customs, and back to school. Whether it´s as the rugby team´s mascot, the housekeeper´s confidant, the host at Tom´s parties or the most flamboyant swimming coach in world history, Juan Salvador transforms the lives of all he meets - in particular one homesick school boy. And as for Tom, he discovers in Juan Salvador a compadre like no other... The Penguin Lessons is a unique and moving true story which has captured imaginations around the globe - for all those who dreamed as a child they might one day talk to the animals.
Historical and modern mysteries combine in this intriguing tale of rugby, rebellion and ghosts. Eoin Madden’s having a busy term with friend issues, schoolwork and new rugby challenges; he’s been moved up to train with the Junior Cup team, which is hard work, plus there’s trouble in his dormitory as mobile phones start going missing! But as usual there are ghostly goings-on in Castlerock school - what’s the link between Eoin’s history lessons and the new spirit he’s spotted wearing a Belvedere rugby jersey? 1. Language: English. Narrator: Patrick Harvey. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/boli/004632/bk_boli_004632_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable, audiobook edition of The Penguin Lessons by Tom Michell, read by Bill Nighy. ´I was hoping against hope that the penguin would survive because as of that instant he had a name, and with his name came the beginning of a bond which would last a life-time.´ Tom Michell is in his roaring 20´s: single, free-spirited and seeking adventure. He has a plane ticket to South America, a teaching position in a prestigious Argentine boarding school, and endless summer holidays. He even has a motorbike, Che Guevara style. What he doesn´t need is a pet. What he really doesn´t need is a pet penguin. Set against Argentina´s turbulent years following the collapse of the corrupt Perónist regime, this is the heart warming story of Juan Salvador the penguin, rescued by Tom from an oil slick in Uruguay just days before a new term. When the bird refuses to leave Tom´s side, the young teacher has no choice but to smuggle it across the border, through customs, and back to school. Whether it´s as the rugby team´s mascot, the housekeeper´s confidant, the host at Tom´s parties or the most flamboyant swimming coach in world history, Juan Salvador transforms the lives of all he meets - in particular one homesick school boy. And as for Tom, he discovers in Juan Salvador a compadre like no other.... The Penguin Lessons is a unique and moving true story which has captured imaginations around the globe - for all those who dreamed as a child they might one day talk to the animals. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Bill Nighy. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/pauk/000678/bk_pauk_000678_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
How can someone so smokin´ hot be so bad in bed? I mean, Sean Cassidy is absolute rubbish. Rubbish. He is the epitome of walking, talking false advertising and I want a refund! Plus he´s an arsehole. So...what is wrong with me that I can´t stop thinking about him? The Pixie Lucy Fitzpatrick doesn´t like rugby. As the little sister of Ireland´s most infamous rugby player, Lucy can´t seem to escape the championship-sized shadow cast by her big brother, or her mother´s frequent attempts to micromanage her future. Her rainbow hair is as free-spirited as her quest for inner peace, yet overbearing expectations keep bringing her down. And when she´s down, her compulsive little problem lands her in seriously big trouble. The Player Sean Cassidy is a cold-hearted brute...or so he´s been told. Frequently. By everyone. His blonde locks, baby blues, and rock hard bod make ladies the world over drool with desire. As the rugby world´s second most infamous player, he should be basking in his success. But Sean has never been content settling for second place, and his frequent confrontations with Lucy´s big brother leave him cold. And when he´s cold, his compulsive little problem lands him in the lap of Lucy Fitzpatrick. The Plan Sean has a problem only Lucy can solve. Lucy has a problem only Sean can fix. The solution seems obvious: you scratch my back, and I´ll bail you out of jail. But when their business arrangement unexpectedly leaves Sean scorching hot and Lucy on the precipice of inner peace, can they convince the world - and Lucy´s big brother in particular - that this is the real deal? Either way, both the Player and the Pixie are about to teach each other some pretty monumental lessons about family, life, but most importantly, love. The Pixie and the Player is a full-length, romantic comedy novel, can be enjoyed as a standalone, and is the second book in the Rugby Series. 1. Language: English. Narrator: George Allan, KC Sheridan. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/084070/bk_acx0_084070_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Life is a long game played on a big field. It´s also a mixed game of skill and chance. Playing well means practicing with intention and having the resilience to play strong to the end.First Rule: Have Fun is not about frivolous fun. It’s about the serious fun of enjoying life, creating meaning and better well being.First Rule: Have Fun connects some important dots between physical training, mental strength, and spirit. You´ll learn about a holistic approach to fitness practice, about the true nature of transformations and how the connections between gratitude, hope, love, curiosity, and zest are fundamental to giving the game of life your best shot.First Rule: Have Fun shines a light on some ideas that are important to living your best life. It draws from the science of Positive Psychology, the Japanese philosophy of Ikigai and lessons learned from a lifetime of playing rugby.It´s a short book with some big ideas. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Chris Severs. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/151351/bk_acx0_151351_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
What does it mean to be a sporty woman in the 21st century? From the launch of Net-A-Sporter, serving up sports clothing for fashionistas, to the introduction of #plankie as the new Instagram selfie for yoga bunnies, exercise for women has finally gone mainstream. But if sweating has never been so hot for female celebrities, then why are there still so many obstacles for girls and women when it comes to sport? Why do girls still hate school sports lessons? Why is sport consistently defined as male territory, with TV cameras replicating the male gaze as they search out the most beautiful women in the crowd? Will women ever flock to watch football, rugby and boxing in their millions? Or turn up to the park with friends for a Sunday morning kick about? How long do we have to wait to see the first multimillionaire female footballer or basketball player? Eat Sweat Play is an engaging and inspirational work by sports writer Anna Kessel. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Anna Kessel. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/macm/000921/bk_macm_000921_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Why are the New Zealand All Blacks the best rugby team in the world? How does the Kirov Ballet produce generation after generation of exceptional ballerinas? How did Southwest Airlines evolve from being an idiosyncratic Texan airline to become one of the most successful businesses internationally? How does the Finnish School Education System deliver great results by breaking conventions? Powerhouse uncovers the performance secrets of some of the most impressive organizations around the world and reveals the key principles they have in common to enable any business to raise their own bar. To understand what makes these organizations great, MacNeice and Bowen have conducted immersive and personal research; investigating their culture, interviewing their leaders and observing their everyday practice. Despite this diverse range of seemingly contrasting industries - business, sport, technology, finance, the arts - each of these successful institutions share a common bond: they are world-class industry leaders and have repeatedly outperformed their competition. Powerhouse explores what lessons can be learnt from these organizations to provide a unique and in-depth analysis of how enduring high performance can be developed. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Christopher Lane. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/brll/011717/bk_brll_011717_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
An emotionally rich, moving and nuanced memoir from the Yorkshire and England wicketkeeper. As a young boy of eight, Jonny Bairstow was dealt a cruel blow. His father David ´Bluey´ Bairstow, the combative and very popular wicketkeeper and captain of Yorkshire, took his own life at the age of 47. David left behind Jonny; Jonny´s sister, Becky, and half brother, Andy; and his wife, Janet, who had recently been diagnosed with cancer at the time of his death. From these incredibly tough circumstances, Jonny and his family strived to find an even keel and come to terms with the loss of their father and husband. Jonny found his way through his dedication to sport. He was a gifted and natural athlete, with potential careers ahead of him in rugby and football, but he eventually chose cricket and came to build a career that followed in his father´s footsteps, eventually reaching the pinnacle of the sport and breaking the record for most Test runs in a year by a wicketkeeper. Written with multiple-award-winning writer Duncan Hamilton, this is an incredible story of triumph over adversity and a memoir with far-reaching lessons about determination and the will to overcome. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Paul Tyreman. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/hcuk/003113/bk_hcuk_003113_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.